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Central Auditory Processing Evaluations/CAPD

Individuals with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) don’t understand what they are hearing as well as they should. They may understand only some of what is said, or go along as if they hear a conversation but are distracted by ambient noise or other conversations going on. CAPD can affect the ability to learn and function in school or at work, and it can have significant auditory and emotional consequences.

CAPD can only be definitively diagnosed though sophisticated testing. The particular test(s) required for each patient may differ, and tests are administered only after a routine hearing test. Testing for CAPD includes:

  • Electrophysiological tests that measure of the brain's response to sound.
  • Behavioral tests that pinpoint particular conditions that may be related to problems with competing words/sounds, inability to recognize speech when parts of the speech signal are missing (like dropped letters on the end of a word), or divided/directed attention of the listener.